Sunday, August 28, 2011

Baklava

Ingredients:
3 cups walnuts, finely ground
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 pound phyllo dough
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
Combine the walnuts, sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl and set aside.
Grease a 9x13 pan with a little of the butter. Place one sheet of phyllo in the bottom of the pan, brush with butter, and repeat until there are 8 sheets of phyllo in the pan. Place half of the walnut mixture in the pan, place a sheet of phyllo on top of it, brush with butter, place the rest of the walnut mixture on top, and continue layering and buttering the remaining sheets of phyllo. Once finished, cut into small triangle pieces.
Bake in the oven until golden, about 1 hour.
While the baklava is in the oven, combine the sugar, water, corn syrup,  lemon juice, cinnamon, and vanilla in a heavy saucepan and let simmer 5-7 minutes. When the baklava is done, pour the warm syrup evenly over the pieces and let sit for 1 hour before serving.
Source: Eleni Melirrytos

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